Göering, Hermann

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

 (d. 1946)

   High-ranking Nazi and chief of the Lüftwaffe (German Air Force) in the 1930s and 1940s. He had been the successor to the Red Baron as a leader of one of the most famous German fighter groups of World War I. Sentenced to die by the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal, Göering effectively cheated the hangman by committing suicide.

    His ponderous bulk and passion for showy uniforms and medals made him a natural target for cartoonists everywhere, with devastating effect. Göering starred opposite Bugs in Herr Meets Hare (Freleng, 1945) in a Fudd-like hunting role. (Ironically, Göering, who had been appointed Chief Reich Forester and Reich Master of the Hunt, once boasted to British ambassador Sir Neville Henderson that he had enjoyed a fine day of shooting, prompting Henderson to enquire whether he was referring to animals.) His dance with Bugs-as-Brünnhilde foreshadows the better-known, extremely similar scene in Whats Opera, Doc? (Jones, 1957), another cartoon written by Mike Maltese.

    Hitler gives orders to a heavy, bemedaled individual in Scrap Happy Daffy (Tashlin, 1943) who, even though we do not see his face, is obviously meant to be Göering. Along with Mussolini and what appears to have been meant as a Hirohito caricature, Göering is seen next to a newsstand at which Private Snafu is purchasing magazines to read in the short Spies (Jones, 1943). Göering also makes a brief appearance along with Joseph Göebbels at the end of Plane Daffy (Tashlin, 1944).


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